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Jarhead (Unsewn / adhesive bound, Audio cassette)
Jarhead (Unsewn / adhesive bound, Audio cassette): Anthony Swofford
Jarhead (Unsewn / adhesive bound, Audio cassette): Anthony Swofford

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Jarhead (Unsewn / adhesive bound, Audio cassette)

Anthony Swofford; Read by Anthony Swofford

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When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. It was one misery upon another. He lived in sand for six months, his girlfriend back home betrayed him for a scrawny hotel clerk, he was punished by boredom and fear, he considered suicide, he pulled a gun on one of his fellow marines, and he was shot at by both Iraqis and Americans. At the end of the war, Swofford hiked for miles through a landscape of incinerated Iraqi soldiers and later was nearly killed in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker.

Swofford weaves this experience of war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family. As engagement with the Iraqis draws closer, he is forced to consider what it is to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.

Jarhead insists we remember the Americans who are wounded or killed, the fields of smoking enemy corpses left behind, and the continuing difficulty that American soldiers have reentering civilian life.

A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for inner peace, Jarhead will elbow for room on that short shelf of American war classics.

General

Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 2003
Authors: Anthony Swofford
Readers: Anthony Swofford
Dimensions: 178 x 102 x 38mm (L x W x T)
Format: Audio cassette - Unsewn / adhesive bound
Pages: 272
Running time: 540 minutes
ISBN-13: 978-0-7435-3538-0
Barcode: 9780743535380
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Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > General
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Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
LSN: 0-7435-3538-3

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